Chinese trade negotiators suddenly canceled a visit to meet U.S. farmers after they wrapped up trade talks in Washington this week.Marketsread more
Blackstone Executive Vice Chairman Tony James says he's less optimistic now than before that the U.S.-China trade war could be resolved, but even a smaller deal could help...World Economyread more
The Pentagon will deploy U.S. forces to the Middle East on the heels of the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced...Defenseread more
President Trump also said he is "not looking for a partial deal" with Beijing, moving away from his suggestion last week that he would consider an "interim deal."Politicsread more
Progress on trade talks will determine how far market will move above new highs.Trader Talk with Bob Pisaniread more
"Sure, the trade war's taking its toll on business ... it's just not taking its toll where it was supposed to," Jim Cramer says.Mad Money with Jim Cramerread more
Joe Biden called on President Donald Trump Friday to release the transcript of a call with a foreign leader that is the subject of a whistleblower complaint. Biden described...Politicsread more
For investors taking a breather from the chaos in August, buckle up as the market is about go crazy again, Goldman Sachs warned.Marketsread more
Palantir Technologies is targeting a valuation of at least $26 billion in a private fundraising round, the first for the Peter Thiel-backed data analytics startup in four...Wall Streetread more
Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker linked to Steve Bannon, saw at least $1.6 million in donations from his nonprofit sent into the coffers of his independent production...Politicsread more
The New England Patriots released Antonio Brown just 11 days after signing the wide receiver. The NFL Super Bowl champion team initially had kept him in the face of a rape...Sportsread more
"What I've always found [is] when there's a certain amount of uncertainty, there's a challenging environment, that's the time to act," he told "Mad Money's" Jim Cramer in a one-on-one interview. "That's when it's the best opportunity: Nobody's watching, nobody's expecting it. You take a play that makes sense."
The host noted that investors have begun selling off health care stocks, along with a range of other securities. Health insurer shares also tumbled on Tuesday after the Trump administration began making moves that seek to get rid of the remaining parts of the Affordable Care Act.
WellCare is a government-sponsored managed care company, while Centene services government-sponsored health care programs for uninsured people.
Since early February, shares of WellCare had shed more than $40 before the start of the week, though the stock shot up more than 12 percent during Wednesday's session. Centene's stock is down about 10 percent this year and lost nearly 5 percent on the day.
Cramer asked Neidorff why not wait to make a deal.
"We did wait," the chief responded. "There was a time this stock was a lot higher ... The time was right and some things don't come back around."
Neidorff ran through the number of reasons he likes the deal. Wellcare bolsters Centene's Medicare product, while Centene's technology platform bolsters WellCare's operations, he said. Centene is using preventative technology to reduce costs and "get ahead of the curve," he said.
Neidorff also gave a nod to Apple and its health-focused wearable technologies, which he said is "heading in the right direction."
The merger expands Centene to three new states and strengthens its business in Michigan, he continued. Furthermore, the company now has a presence in all 50 states in one form or another, he said.
"Short-term, I don't think about it. We have a lot of time and patience for our long-term investors and we have a lot of them," Neidorff said. "And I'm willing to bet a year from now we sit down and talk you're going to say to me: 'You did it at the right time.'"
Neidorff also gave his thoughts about the President Donald Trump's declaration that the GOP would be known as "the party of health care."
"Let's wait and see what they try to do first. There are lots of ideas, they have no ideas," he said, highlighting Republicans past plans to "repeal and replace" ACA, also known as Obamacare. "Well they've tried that. I believe that it's gonna hurt them politically if they keep doing that. The last election, I believe people were worried about their health care."
Centene's board officially extended the CEO's contract to 2024, Neidorff said.